Crime http://wunc.org en Listen: Man Describes Impact Of Mass Shooting On Surviving Family Members http://wunc.org/post/listen-man-describes-impact-mass-shooting-surviving-family-members <p></p><p>On April 13, 2014, former KKK member Frazier Glenn Cross pulled into a Jewish Community Center and ambushed a grandfather and grandson, killing both. He then killed another woman a short distance away.</p><p>What does the family left behind do when they are thrust into a national spotlight? How do they figure out what to disclose and what should be private?</p><p>Will Corporon knows - he lost his father and nephew to the violence that day. Listen to his story:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:43:27 +0000 Carol Jackson 38795 at http://wunc.org Listen: Man Describes Impact Of Mass Shooting On Surviving Family Members NC House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Raise Age At Which Teens Can Be Charged As Adults http://wunc.org/post/nc-house-lawmakers-pass-bill-raise-age-which-teens-can-be-charged-adults <p>State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would raise the age at which North Carolina teens can be charged as adults. North Carolina is one of only two states that still treat 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults. Republican representative Marilyn Avila is a sponsor of the bill.<br /><br />"This bill is one that I feel like North Carolina needs to consider because we’re one of only two states who do not have our 16 and 17-year-old juvenile delinquents placed in the juvenile justice system. They go into the adult system," said Avila.<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 00:07:13 +0000 Jessica Jones 35938 at http://wunc.org NC House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Raise Age At Which Teens Can Be Charged As Adults Fayetteville Considers A Tax Hike To Cut Crime http://wunc.org/post/fayetteville-considers-tax-hike-cut-crime <p></p><p>Fayetteville's city leaders are considering a property tax hike to fight crime.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Officials say the proposed budget would raise taxes an average of $60 per year on a $150,000 house.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Mayor Nat Robertson said the money would be used to put more officers on the street.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“Our chief of police has asked us for 67 new employees,” Robertson said. “That includes 50-some-odd credentialed employees and support staff for them.”</p><p></p><p>Robertson stressed the spending plan is just a proposal, so far.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:08:34 +0000 Eric Hodge 35347 at http://wunc.org Fayetteville Considers A Tax Hike To Cut Crime NC Supreme Court To Consider Mandatory Life Sentences For Juveniles http://wunc.org/post/nc-supreme-court-consider-mandatory-life-sentences-juveniles <p></p><p>On Tuesday, the North Carolina Supreme Court will consider whether or not to allow parole for criminals charged with life sentences as juveniles before 2012.</p><p>The case is a response to the 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. It held that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles were unconstitutional. The hearing in North Carolina is to determine whether or not to apply that decision retroactively.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:59:46 +0000 Phoebe Judge 34995 at http://wunc.org NC Supreme Court To Consider Mandatory Life Sentences For Juveniles Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-chief-jose-lopez-addresses-recent-controversies <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In the last year, the <a href="http://www.durhampolice.com/">Durham Police Department</a> has faced public criticism surrounding search policies and three police-related deaths.</span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.naacpnc.org/nc_naacp_responds_to_concerns_about_durham_police_activity_the_death_of_jes_s_huerta" style="line-height: 1.5;">The NAACP of North Carolina questioned the police actions</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the case of Jesus </span>Huerta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a 17 year-old who died in police custody.</span></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Advocacy organizations like the <a href="http://www.southerncoalition.org/">Southern Coalition for Social Justice</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DURHAM.FADE">Fostering Alternative Drug Enforcement (FADE)</a> have raised accusations of racial profiling. </span></font></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The department maintains that racial discrepancies in crime statistics do not indicate discrimination. </span></font>They <a href="http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/DPD/Documents/Racial%20Profiling%20Response.pdf">issued a report </a>in response to the criticism.</p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In response to public outcry, the <a href="http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cb/nis/Pages/Human-Relations-Commission.aspx">Human Relations Commission</a> will make recommendations to the City Council for procedural reforms in police governance in May.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:52:58 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 34645 at http://wunc.org Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies Witness To An Execution: Part Two http://wunc.org/post/witness-execution-part-two <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, </span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:13:28 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33844 at http://wunc.org Witness To An Execution: Part Two Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One http://wunc.org/post/witness-texas-execution-part-one <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;">On Wednesday night, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=301083430">State of Texas executed Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas</a>, a man convicted of the 1997 killing of professor Glen Lich.</span></font></span></font></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:20:58 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33514 at http://wunc.org Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One Crime, Dropouts, Suspensions Down In NC Public Schools http://wunc.org/post/crime-dropouts-suspensions-down-nc-public-schools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crime, violence, dropout rates and out-of-school suspensions declined across North Carolina public schools last school year, according to a report released by state education officials.</span></p><p>The report shows 10,630 reported acts of school crime and violence last school year, a 4.8 percent decrease from the 11,161 acts in 2011-12. The most common reported acts involve illegal possession of drugs or alcohol, weapons or assault.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:10:48 +0000 Reema Khrais 33153 at http://wunc.org Crime, Dropouts, Suspensions Down In NC Public Schools This Is Your Brain On Crime http://wunc.org/post/your-brain-crime <div style="font-size: 16px; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the future, neuroscientific evidence may be as prevalent as DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. Today on The State of Things experts discussed the future of <a href="http://wunc.org/post/neuroscience-and-law">neuroscience and the law</a>. Here are some highlights.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:47:04 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31820 at http://wunc.org This Is Your Brain On Crime Neuroscience And The Law http://wunc.org/post/neuroscience-and-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the not so distant future, brain scans may be as prevalent as DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. This neuroscientific evidence has the potential to correct biases and predict criminal recidivism. But critics argue it could be misleading and difficult to refute. Exploring the brain as a means of assessing intent also raises privacy concerns.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:47:39 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31793 at http://wunc.org Neuroscience And The Law